Posted 28 May 2011 - 08:28 AM
Posted 28 May 2011 - 10:29 AM
If this "refurbished" machine is being sold at a flea market, you take your chances.
I would not do refurbished on-line unless the company had a very solid reputation - and again, a good warranty. If buying local, check the BBB and make sure the store will be there next week.
Posted 28 May 2011 - 03:55 PM
I really wonder what they "refurbish"? Generally it's an item that has been returned by a customer do to a defect. It's not 1990 where they can simply replace a diode or transistor. They probably run them through a standard QC check and send them back out. That doesn't mean they'll perform fine in the field.
Even though I'm a known cheapskate, I never buy refurbished anymore. It's just not worth the hassle.
Posted 13 June 2011 - 08:18 AM
not necessary there are some transistor + Power problem can be Fixed by simply replacing the diode or stuff like a capacitor
anyway i do stress test all of my products
so if you get a GPU stress test it by furmark or 3d mark or something else if it worked fine
you saved a couple of bucks else Go to manufacturer ;
Posted 13 June 2011 - 08:43 AM
I personally have bought "open box" items from Newegg with no problems and will again if factory warranty is still intact. And I might buy a refurbished from the original maker. But I will not buy a refurbished from a retailer as I believe something can only be refurbished properly at the factory. Retailers just don't have the facilities to test and repair.
I know many years ago I had a Gigabyte motherboard that, after 3 1/2 years, failed due to leaky capacitors. I contacted Gigabyte and they sent me a "refurbished" board that had all new caps. That board is still running fine today.
Side note: That board had a 3 year warranty. Gigabyte provided the replacement free - including shipping both ways. While I was upset the board failed due to inferior caps, the way Gigabyte handled my complaint has made me a Gigabyte fan for life. And I note the replacement board has superior solid caps - not the same flaky electrolytics.
Posted 14 June 2011 - 12:08 PM
Retailer Mostly sucks i agree with that
I had a Bad experience with a MSI retailer that made me Pull my hair
that retailer was simply stupid and made me never buy any MSI product again
Posted 14 June 2011 - 12:16 PM
Posted 14 June 2011 - 01:07 PM
Most performed just fine, but a couple bad apples soured my views. First was an ATI 9600 video card. It suffered from stuttering. At first I thought it was a driver issue. Updated drivers never helped. Then I thought it might be a heat issue. Added a new heat-sink-fan, didn't help. Finally replaced it. Spent way more time than money I saved. Second was a motherboard. It would randomly reboot. No bluescreens, no errors, just reboot. Not even very often, but of course usually when I was working on something I didn't want to lose. Swapped out power supplies, spent time running memtest, even swapped out hard drives. Finally replaced the mobo and all was well. Again, far too much time and effort spent.
Moral of the story (for me anyway), refurbished items generally have a much shorter warranty, and are more likely to suffer from odd errors that are difficult to diagnose. Between the time spent diagnosing, and the money spent replacing the parts out of warranty, I'd never recoup my losses by buying more refurbs. I avoid them like the plague.
Posted 14 June 2011 - 01:26 PM
it was a trusted retailer
and the employees done a very very stupid mistake and they refused to take the Blame for it or replace my mother board
and the customer service was horrible
so for that i only chose ASUS
Posted 14 June 2011 - 01:44 PM
It reminds me of some U2 fans in Oakland California who are suing for refunds because there was an accident on the freeways causing a 5 hour traffic jam and they missed the concert. It was not U2's or the venue's fault.
Posted 15 June 2011 - 08:01 AM
Posted 16 June 2011 - 08:06 AM
One item that caught my eye was this HP (or is it?) monitor. "Debranded"??? I have seen so called recertified products where the brand name is scratched out or covered over. I note the picture has a disclaimer saying that is not the monitor you will get.
Posted 16 June 2011 - 12:11 PM
LED backlighting too. Yeah, that LG looks like a good deal, but for $20 more, you can get a new one that has a 3 year warranty instead of 3 months.
Posted 16 June 2011 - 02:46 PM
it Looks amazing